Does the Pakistani ACCA topper deserve a bigger 'pawri' than influencer Dananeer?

Twitterati seem divided about whether they have their priorities straight

Entertainment Desk February 16, 2021

Zara Naeem Dar, a Pakistani student was recently declared the global prize winner for scoring the highest marks in the financial reporting exam of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) conducted in December 2020.

Government of Pakistan confirmed the news by dedicating a post to the prodigy. “A very proud moment for Pakistan as Zara Naeem has been declared the global prizewinner for scoring the highest marks in ACCA,” they shared on Monday.


The Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar also took to Twitter to appreciate Dar. “I keep saying this. Give Pakistani girls an equal chance and they can take on and beat the best in the world. Proud of Zara Naeem and wish her the best in her future goals,” he wrote.

However, news of Dar’s achievement did not travel nearly as fast and effervescently as the Dananeer Mobeen’s ‘pawry’ video, which went viral earlier this week. Now, the comparison between the two has raised several questions on Twitter.

To party or not to party

Contrary to Dar, Mobeen is a 19-year-old social media influencer hailing from Peshawar who creates content on a range of topics from the latest fashion trends to mental health issues. She shot to fame after a video of her quirky representation of ‘burgers upon visiting the Northern areas of Pakistan’ took social media by storm.

In the video, Mobeen can be heard saying, "Yeh hamari car hai, aur yeh hum hein, aur yeh hamari pawri horae hei (This is our car, this is us, and this is our party).” The footage has since been recreated hundreds of times with the hashtag #PawriHoriHai recurring on various social media platforms after trending for two days on Twitter.


A post shared by Dananeer | 🇵🇰 (@dananeerr)

The clip also transcended borders and to everyone's amusement turned into a song, courtesy of Indian content creator Yashraj Mukhate. Following this, Mobeen’s remix of the video garnered 10 million views in two days on YouTube.

Now, Twitterati are drawing parallels between her and Dar, to understand where the priorities of most Pakistanis lie. “On the left is a girl who made a random video a couple of days ago and almost every Pakistani knows about her today. On the right, you see a girl who topped in ACCA exams globally. The international media talked about her but hardly any of us know about it,” complained a user on Twitter.

Another shared pictures of a trove of TikTokers along with Mobeen and wrote, “On one side we have these people who are known by most Pakistanis and on the other, we have students like Zara who score the highest marks globally. It's all about PRIORITIES.”

But there were also, a numbered few who refrained from comparisons, understanding both Dar and Mobeen aimed to cater to two separate segments of society. “These Pakistani girls are making us proud globally,” they wrote. “First it was Dananeer Mobeen with the super-viral #PawriHoriHai clip and now Zara Naeem Dar, who scored the highest marks in ACCA exams worldwide, so proud. Consistency and hard work always breeds opportunities and milestones.”

Netizens, however, are still arguing if Mobeen did anything significant at all. “Stop making stupid people famous!” demanded a user, angrily. “Our priorities are clear, we just want to talk about #PawriHoriHai,” tweeted a user. “A 9th grader made a world record for arranging elements of the periodic table in 1:58mins at ISF2021 and now we have a girl who scored the highest in ACCA exam globally. But this kind of talent doesn't get enough acknowledgment here,” pointed out another.

“Congratulations [Zara Naeem Dar]. But this can't be in the news because we can't celebrate this as much since we are quite busy with making memes on #pawrihorihai,” quipped one more.

Aside from numerous social media users, even celebrities including Saba Qamar, Aijaz Aslam, Falak Shabbir, Hania Aamir and Wasim Akram have recreated Mobeen’s video. But here’s hoping more heroes and deserving personalities are also celebrated and made popular in the same way.

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